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Summary

  1. North: Lancs, Yorks, Derbys & Notts win
  2. South: Surrey, Glam, M'sex & Kent win
  3. Notts, Northants, M'sex & Glam into QFs
  4. Group stage concludes on Friday, 29 July

Live Reporting

By Gary Smee, Adam Williams and Matt Halfpenny

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    I'm afraid that's all we have time for this evening.

    The identity of five of the eight quarter-finalists is now known - Northants, Nottinghamshire, Middlesex and Glamorgan and Gloucestershire are in the last eight.

    The remaining three will have to be sorted out next week.

    We'll be back next Friday to bring you the final round of matches.

    Until then, goodbye.

  2. RECAP: Critchley boosts Derbyshire hopes

    Derbyshire 192-5 beat Worcestershire 163 by 29 runs

    Teenage leg-spinner Matt Critchley claimed a T20 career-best 3-36 as Derbyshire kept alive their last eight hopes at Worcestershire's expense.

    The hosts posted 192-5 batting first, thanks in the main to Hamish Rutherford's 64 and Wayne Madsen's 50 not out.

    The Rapids never looked like overhauling that total after slumping to 32-3, and their demise was hastened by Critchley's wickets in consecutive balls of Ben Cox and top scorer Brett D'Oliveira (44).

    Worcestershire are now out, but Derbyshire can qualify if they win their last group game and other results go their way.

  3. RECAP: Glamorgan thump Somerset for last-eight place

    Glamorgan 156-3 beat Somerset 152 by seven wickets

    Glamorgan sealed a place in the quarter-finals with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over the South Group's bottom side Somerset.

    Colin Ingram took 3-20 as Somerset stuttered to 152 all out, with only James Hildreth (39) making a substantial contribution.

    Ingram then starred with the bat, hitting 54, as Glamorgan got home with two overs to spare.

  4. RECAP: Essex bounce back with impressive away win

    Essex 190-2 beat Kent 157 by 33 runs

    Essex win

    Essex's hopes of a quarter-final place remain alive after they ended a run of back-to-back defeats with victory against Kent at Canterbury.

    Tom Westley (74 not out) and Ravi Bopara (51 not out) shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 119 in an impressive total of 190-2.

    Kent's run-chase got off to a stuttering start and their big hitters fell at regular intervals to leave them behind the asking rate at 88-6.

    Darren Stevens (33) launched some late blows, but it was always out of the Spitfires' reach before they were bowled out for 157. 

    The same could now be said for their chances of reaching the last eight.

  5. RECAP: Smith knock seals Notts home tie

    Nottinghamshire 173-4 beat Birmingham Bears 172-2 by six wickets

    Nottinghamshire equalled a club record seven consecutive wins from completed T20 matches as Greg Smith swept them to victory against Birmingham Bears.

    The number three's well-paced 52 not out from 31 balls took the Outlaws back to the top of the North Group table as they chased down the hosts' 172-2 with five balls to spare.

    Former England man Ian Bell's 80 was the cornerstone of the Birmingham innings, and William Porterfield also hit 61 from 44 balls.

    But after openers Michael Lumb (34) and Riki Wessels (37) laid the platform, Smith teamed up with Dan Christian (37) to seal a victory that guarantees Notts a home quarter-final in the knock-out stages. 

    Mick Newell's side have now won seven and had four matches called off for bad weather since losing their opening two fixtures.

  6. RECAP: Yorkshire still in with chance of last-eight place

    Yorkshire 215-6 beat Northants 140 by 75 runs

    Liam Plunkett

    Yorkshire kept their hopes of a T20 quarter-final place alive as they thumped Northants.

    David Willey's superb 74 off 46 balls, including six maximums, helped Yorkshire to an imposing 215-6.

    Northants, already in the last eight, were never in the chase, despite Ben Duckett's 23-ball 51 and were all out for 140 with 28 balls to spare.

  7. RECAP: Middlesex into quarter-finals with third win in three

    Middlesex 181-6 beat Hampshire 138 by 43 runs

    George Bailey

    Middlesex will take their place in the quarter-finals thanks to a second victory in two days.

    George Bailey (76) helped his side recover from an early wobble at 40-3 to share a fourth-wicket partnership of 114 with John Simpson (54) as the visitors rallied to 181-6.

    Hampshire showed few signs of getting close in the reply and off-spinner Ryan Higgins grabbed the headlines with 5-13 in his 3.1 overs.

    There were also two wickets for England seamer Steven Finn as he joined up with his county team-mates.

    Hampshire captain Sean Ervine (36) was the only man to offer any resistance as his side slumped to 138 all out.

  8. RECAP: Surrey keep hopes alive with Sussex win

    Surrey 154-4 beat Sussex 153-6 by six wickets

    Surrey kept their chances of making the quarter-finals in tact as they strolled to victory over Sussex.

    Sussex could only muster 153-6 at The Oval with Craig Cachopa hitting 45 and Chris Morris and Jade Dernbach picking up two wickets each.

    Jason Roy's quick-fire 36 got Surrey off to a fast start, Dominic Sibley bludgeoned 40 and the hosts eased home with 10 balls left.

  9. RECAP: Durham fall short against champions

    Lancashire 176-3 beat Durham 172-6 by four runs

    Karl Brown

    Durham's hopes of a quarter-final place were dented as they fell four agonising runs short of beating Lancashire at Chester-le-Street.

    Lancashire successfully defended 18 to win off the final over as Paul Coughlin and Keaton Jennings failed to clear the ropes.

    Earlier, Alviro Petersen (42), Karl Brown (41) and Liam Livingstone (43 not out) had given Lancashire a promising total of 176-3.

    Calum MacLeod (45) had looked well set in Durham's run-chase but the hosts lost wickets frequently as victory eluded them finishing on 172-6.

  10. BreakingESSEX BEAT KENT BY 33 RUNS

    Essex 190-2 (20 overs) v Kent 157 (19.2 overs)

    Essex win "The Battle of the Bridge" at Canterbury after racking up an impressive total and then taking wickets at regular intervals.

    Only Darren Stevens (33) looked a threat for the hosts as 191 was always beyond them.

    Graham Napier finishes with 3-29 as Essex have every chance of a quarter-final berth with two games left to play.

  11. BreakingNOTTINGHAMSHIRE BEAT WARWICKSHIRE BY SIX WICKETS

    Birmingham Bears 172-2 v Nottinghamshire 173-4 (19.1 overs)

    It went down to the first ball of the last over, but the Outlaws have got the win they need to seal a home tie in the quarter-final.

    Sure, it was Brendan Taylor who scored the match-winning single, but it was his partner Greg Smith (52 not out), who oversaw the run-chase superbly.

    He didn't panic when Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels fell in quick succession, nor when Samit Patel went early. Instead, his well-paced 31-ball innings was just what the doctor ordered.

    As for Birmingham Bears, they will have to regroup quickly as their place in the last eight is now far from certain.  

  12. BreakingMIDDLESEX BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY 43 RUNS

    Middlesex 181-6 (20 overs) v Hampshire 138 (19.1 overs)

    Middlesex

    Middlesex register a third successive victory in the South Group to strengthen their grip on third place.

    Spinner Ryan Higgins finishes with the rather impressive figures of 5-13.

    A couple of wickets also for England seamer Steven Finn on his return to county action. 

    Hampshire have little to take back from this game and will be desperate for the end of the group stage this time next week.

  13. BreakingDERBYSHIRE BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY 29 RUNS

    Derbyshire 192-5 v Worcestershire 163 all out (17.5 overs)

    It's all over at the County Ground.

    A brilliant throw from Wayne Madsen allows Shiv Thakor to run out Charlie Morris and complete a convincing win for the hosts.

    The bottom line for Worcestershire was that they lost wickets too frequently to threaten the Falcons.

    That will help Derbyshire in their bid to reach the quarter-finals, but Worcestershire's hopes are over.

  14. Last pair standing for Kent

    Essex 190-2 v Kent 145-9 (18 overs, target 191)

    Darren Stevens was Kent's last hope and Graham Napier dispatched him for 33 to pretty much end chances of a home win.

    Essex now looking to close out an impressive away win.

  15. Critchley strikes twice in successive balls

    Derbyshire 192-5 v Worcestershire 146-7 (16 overs, target 193)

    Is this the end for the visitors?

    Matt Critchley takes his wicket count to three with two victims in as many balls.

    First he snares Ben Cox (17) and then the key wicket of Brett D'Oliveira (44).

    A fine effort from the young man.

  16. BreakingGLAMORGAN BEAT SOMERSET BY SEVEN WICKETS

    Somerset 152 v Glamorgan 156-3 (18 overs)

    Glamorgan

    Glamorgan are through to the quarter-finals! And how fitting that it's the captain Jacques Rudolph who puts them there with a sweep shot to the boundary.

    So there we have it, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan are definitely through from the South Group - can Middlesex join them this evening?

  17. WICKET McManus (c Simpson b Finn) 1

    Middlesex 181-6 v Hampshire 115-8 (16.2 overs)

    Another wicket for Steven Finn at Ageas Bowl as Middlesex edge closer to victory against Hampshire.

    A tidy spell of 4-0-24-2 from the England quick.

  18. Two in two for Higgins

    Middlesex 181-6 v Hampshire 112-7 (15.4 overs, target 182)

    Middlesex almost home for a third successive South Group win courtesy of two wickets in as many balls from spinner Ryan Higgins.

    Joe Weatherley and Ryan McLaren on their way as Hampshire's chase of 182 looks like being a limp one.

  19. WICKET Christian (lbw b Javid) 37

    Birmingham Bears 172-2 v Nottinghamshire 140-3 (16 overs)

    A great comeback from Ateeq Javid!

    Dan Christian had launched him for two sixes and a four with a display of power hitting, only for the bowler to strike with the final ball of his over, trapping the Austrialian in front.

    By his reaction, it looks as if Christian thinks he got a little inside edge on the delivery, but it matters not as he has to go.

    That makes things interesting...

  20. BreakingYORKSHIRE BEAT NORTHANTS BY 75 RUNS

    Yorkshire 215-6 v Northants 140 (15.2 overs)

    Yorkshire keep their hopes of a place in the T20 Blast quarter-finals alive with a comfortable victory over Northamptonshire.

    Graeme White is the last man to go, bowled by Azeem Rafiq - incredibly still with 28 balls to go!

    Courtesy of Durham's defeat by Lancashire, 2013 champions Northants go through to the last eight despite the loss at Headingley.